Formats Task 7 Part One

This Blog task we have been told to look into the rules and regulations of T.V programmes and look into the guidelines they have follow so their show can be aired on national television. We also have to choose a certain situation where offence is likely to be caused and think about the context that could be used to make the content acceptable.

One example that I can think of recently that caused offence, not to the many of the viewers but to a Nation is a show that recently has been thrown into lot of controversy is or should I say was ‘TopGear’. In a special Episode that involved the presenters driving around Argentina, a number Plate was used whilst they were out there on Jeremy’s car read ‘H982 FKL’.  Veterans and native Argentinean people picked up on the plates and thought it was a mockery of the Falkland wars in 1982. This caused a lot of problems with viewers and the show itself. Jeremy had to apologize and many articles were wrote online and it featured on national news. Links below:

Top Gear Article

Top Gear News segment

They still went ahead and aired the show. Because of the news had reached the UK before the Programme had aired the BBC decided on showing the episode as planned, which commercially was a good idea, because that particular show gained more views than any other of the series. According to Ofcom as a broadcaster you have ‘To ensure that generally accepted standards are applied to the content of television and radio services so as to provide adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion in such services of harmful and/or offensive material.’ The BBC followed these rules, as when the show was aired they made sure that there was no intentional reference to the Falkland War in 1982. They did this by Jeremy saying this before they played the segment which showed the number plates, and locals trying to destroy the car and hurt the crew that was filming by throwing rocks, and bricks at the presenters cars and the camera crew’s cars too.

As a producer, what do you need to do to broadcast material responsibly, that may cause offence or shock in your programme?

As a producer it is their say on what gets aired. If it was seen to cause offence, it would probably be cut from the show, or be reviewed to other people within the show, but ultimately it is down to the producer to decide on whether it should be aired or not. An example of this would be Frankie Boyle. Frankie is probably a producer’s worst nightmare when it comes to what can be aired and what can’t. On ‘Mock the Week’ Frankie Boyle made a joke about Princess Diana, this was cut from the show because the offence it could cause to viewers and the Royal Family.  If this was not cut, it could of had a big backlash and resulted in the Producer being fired. It was rumored because of Frankie’s Harsh jokes, he was banned from the BBC.

Why do you need a contributor to sign a consent form?

Before a guest goes on a show, it is vital that they sign a consent form; this stops the company from being sued for an damage to guests. Without this from, the company is liable for anything that may happen to the guest. For example if was to appear on ‘Big Brother’ and I hadn’t signed a consent form, and in a task I fell over and broke my arm. The broadcasting company would be held responsible for this, and I could sue them.

Copyright Law

In what context can you use clips from the internet in a TV Programme?

Normally it is Ok to show the clips, if you have referenced them, and said where the original source has come from. But you should always ask the owner for written consent before showing it.


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